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>>> the formalitier government is accused of being sent rick. >> massive write-downs n u.s. and brazil while warning over a week's global recovery. >>> and hsbc agreed to settle money laundering charges, paying a record $1.9 billion fine. >>> and we're getting the bumping out here today, not only because it's christmas, but -- >> because james ferguson is here. >> and we are finally in the same place at the same time. ♪ reunited and it feels so good ♪ >> there we go. >> my apologies to everyone for that. >> how about that voice? i feel a christmas sing along coming on at some point. >> it's the holt day spirit. >> it is. >> also, we are outside the u.s. senate. we're going to see just how much progress has been made or how little progress between the president and congress on the fiscal cliff situation. >>> and we'll find out just how much the european debt crisis has affected tourist's willingness to travel to southern europe. >> and then south korea's presidential election, yes, it's not just japan, and what to expect from the winner. >>> let's just plug you into wher
of state hillary clinton. the u.s. and other nations fear that the syrian regime could use chemical weapons against its own people. secretary clinton making it very clear that syrian president bashar al-assad must go. >> let me also be absolutely clear. the united states stands with the syrian people in insisting that any transition process result in a unified, democratic syria. in which all citizens are represented. sunni, alawite, christians, kurds, men, women, every syrian must be included in this process for a new and better future. martha: still far from where we are right now in the country of syria where 45,000 people have been killed under the assad regime. president, secretary clinton also promising to hold all parties accountable for what happens in syria. in other words, if assad does go, if you are part of that regime, part of the killing, part of what we've seen happening you also will be held accountable. bill: we were told the ignition process had begun for the chemical weapons. if that is the case. we were also told they have a shelf life for about 60 days. if you do not use
it is? >> according to state tv iran's revolutionary guard captured a u.s. drone after it entered the iriranian air space over the persian gulf. >> but u.s. navy official says there are no missing drones. >> prince william and his wife katherine, expecting their first child. >> after the duchess was admitted to hospital. >> that child could grow up to be one of the most powerful unemployed people in the world. >> a search is under way in new york for a man accused of pushing another man to his death in the subway. >>> rg3, he made opportunities. >> 17-16 washington redskins. >> all that -- >> why don't you shut up? >> you are an embarrassment. >> please shut up. just shut up. >> you shut up. >> that got annoying at the end. >>> and all that matters. >> let the speculation begin. will and katherine are expecting a baby. but what happens if they have twins? >> the top baby names of 2012 were just announced and sophia is the top name for girls and aiden is the top name for boys. >> sochlt pphia and aiden. least popular, kim jong and sandusky. captioning fun
the chemical attack. it's believed according to a u.s. source that syria has put this sarin fast into cannisters that could be dropped from planes. these cannisters are designed to fracture so the devastating nerve gas could escape. but it's not known whether syria intends to use those chemical weapons. we think we have it in aerosol form. the u.s. is making contingency plans in case bashar al-asaad leaves the country suddenly and flees somewhere for asylum which would leave a vacuum there. several countries in that region are trying to find a place for assad to go. secretary of state hillary clinton has a just-added meeting today in dublin, ireland. here you see her earlier today. she and the russian minister decided to meet with the envoy to syria. across barbra himybill: russia s discussion in moscow. earlier in a week there was a report it was pulling support away from damascus. has that bent case? and why the relationship with russia so critical. >> reporter: it's one of the countries syria will listen to. russia could have sway over syrian president assad. >> the best issue
with some sad news today. a u.s. navy seal killed during the daring rescue of an american held captive in the heart of afghanistan. good morning i'm jon scott. jenna: i'm jenna lee. when we talk about the american captive, we have a picture of the doctor whose live was saved. he is dylan joseph, a native colorado. he was in afghanistan for humanitarian work when i was kidnapped by the taliban in a province east of kabul. national security correspondent jennifer griffin is live at pentagon with more. jen, do we have any details on the american who gave his life to save this doctor? >> reporter: they're waiting to contact the family so the military does not release the identity of the seal killed in that rescue attempt. we know he was a member of "seal team 6". not necessarily a member of the same group that carried out the usama bin laden raid. there are about 200 members of "seal team 6". this man, as you said, gave his life for his fellow american. here is a statement that was read by the spokesman for isaf today. >> it has been decided to start the operations since the assessment the
"starting point" next. >>> the u.s. is deploying 400 troops, 2 air defense missile batteries to defend turkey against syria. we'll have a live report this morning. >>> ambassador susan rice takes herself out of the running for secretary of state. why did she do it? who will replace hillary clinton? >>> president obama and john boehner meet for 50 minutes, but didn't walk out with a fiscal cliff deal. but they didn't reach a deal, what's next? >>> why are these ukrainian lawmakers throwing punches. glad we're not there. >> not there yet. friday, december 14th. "starting point" begins now. good morning, everybody. our starting point, a developing story about syria's ongoing civil war and a new role for the united states. leon panetta signed an order to send two patriot missile batteries to turkey along with 400 u.s. troops to help the country defend against any u.s. action by syria. the move was expected as the rebellion destabilizes or begins to destabilize the assad regime. nick paton walsh has the latest for us. nick, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. 400 u.s. troops
injured after a car bomb tar getted a u.s. base. a minibus exploded at the gate of camp chapman. it was also the target of a suicide bombing that killed seven cia contractors and a jordanian in 2009 when a double agent, loyal to extremists, blew himself up. >>> syria's military police chief has defected. recording a video that aired on arab tv network, announcing he is defecting because the syrian army is no locker acting in the spec interest of the people. the decision follows two brutal attacks on hungry civilians standing in bread lines and comes at a time when rebel forces are said to be making gains over government troops over control of major cities. >>> andruw jones, free on bone this morning after being arrested outside atlanta on christmas on a battery charge. the gwinnett county detention center tells us there was a domestic dispute with his wife. the center fielder won ten straight gold gloves with the braves. played with the new york yankies last year and recently signed with a team in january pan. >>> shinzo abe has been elected prime minister. he held the same posi
. >> thank you. >>> dramatic rescue. americans were kidnapped in afghanistan. they are freedly u.s. military coalition troops. they took him on wednesday in the district outside of kabul. six people were killed. two arrested during the dangerous mission. dr. joseph is seen here in this video posted on youtube. there's no word on his condition or if he was harmed in captivity. >>> in egypt, a call for new protest against president morsi today. his attempt to diffuse weeks of unrest failed. last night's announcement did not satisfy opponents on a draft constitution. we are live in cairo. do his opponents see this as a victory? >> reporter: well, right now, they don't feel it is a victory. not only has the referendum gone ahead as scheduled, there's been no dialogue about the constitution and the articles which are the main source of detention. the decree issued november 22nd was the cast list to the street protests we have been seeing. over the past two weeks, the demands of the protesters extend beyond the decree. they want a new constitution drafted. what the opponents say is the constitutio
criticism over her first response to the attack that killed the u.s. ambassador to libya. margaret brennan is at the state department. margaret, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie. cbs news has learned susan rice privately began expressing doubts about her nomination to friends this week saying the attacks had reached a fevered pitch. then yesterday she had a phone conversation with president obama and withdrew her name from consideration as secretary of state. >> i would have been very honored to serve in that job, just as i'm delighted to do what i'm doing. but yes, sure how can you not want to in my field serve at the highest possible level? >> reporter: last night u.n. ambassador susan rice explained why she asked president obama not to consider her for secretary of state. in an op-ed she wrote, quote, a national security appointment, much less a potential one, should never be turned into a political football. there are far bigger issues at stake. on twitter she posted those of you who know me know that i'm a fighter, but not at th
, you know, when we think senator demint we think of a tea party stronghold within the u.s. senate and helped and also hurt a number of republican candidates. who were they? >> reporter: that's right. great. let's start with the senators now. obviously, who he helped elect. this is the positive side of his millions and his work. marco rubio, pat toomey. very conservative, anti-tax, anti-government purists in the mold of jim demint. however, he also backed in republican primaries a number of republican candidates who simply were not electable according to the republican establishment and the establishment was right. for example, remember christine o'donnell, i'm not a witch, from delaware. ken buck of colorado. and others. so those are some of the reasons why he definitely has ruffled many a-feather with the party leaders and i have to tell you first thing i saw when the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell released a statement today was making the point that demint had, quote, uncompromising service. didn't have to read between the lines too much to see there's a backhanded com
political crisis. >>> in greece, police fended off protesters launching molotov cocktails. >>> and in the u.s., the president is taking his fiscal cliff solutions directly to the people. >>> plus, a modern-day spy story ripped from the pages of a tom clancy novel. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry and we start with breaking news out of japan. a strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake has struck off the country's northeastern coast. that's the same region hit by last year's massive earthquake and tsunami. well, this morning's quake shook buildings as far as tokyo, and there are reports of a three-foot tsunami in the miyagi prefecture. the u.s. geological survey says there's no risk of a widespread tsunami, and so far, there have been no news of injuries or damage. of course, we're going to keep an eye on any aftershocks that occur and we'll bring you the very latest. >>> well, elsewhere, all eyes are on cairo this morning as turmoil has once again overtaken egypt's capital. this time, it's in response to a politically explosive power grab by the democracy's president, mohamed morsi. right now, so
secretary leon panetta announcing that the u.s. is sending patriot missiles and troops to turkey to deal with the growing threat from the neighboring syria. 400 troops will join nato forces and stand ready to act if syria intends to unleash chemical weapons. fox's leland vittert is in our middle east bureau. leland, just a few days ago the head of nato said the assad regime is about to collapse. why deploy these troops now? >> reporter: it really has to do with showing solidarity with the turks who are clearly very scared and timing comes a couple days after we learned that the syrians were mixing chemical weapons to possibly use. so this is the united states and nato's way of really get being behind turkey, a close ally saying we support you. the secretary of defense was quick to point out that the patriot missiles are just that, defensive weapons that will be put down along the syrian border to protect syria, protect turkey from attacks by syrian jets or scud missiles that would fly in but that is not exactly the whole story. the patriots could be easily programmed and put in a no-fly
fail. >>> fears over the fiscal cliff are weighing heavily on u.s. stocks, which posted five straight days of losses. the dow had a triple-digit loss on friday. the nasdaq and s&p 500 entered the day and week in the red. i spoke with one wall street trader about mow a deal could help the markets get back in the green. >> listen, if we get a deal and we get a deal that's substantive and realistic and that the market believes, i think the market will rally back and certainly rally back to the 1425, 1440 level. they won't go back it to 1475 unless they pull the complete rabbit out of the hat. i don't think that will happen. the market will certainly rally. you can feel it. every time one comes out and is optimistic, you see the market try to take back some of the losses because it wants a settlement and a resolution. the fact is it's not getting it. the market will vote with its feet, which is what happened this past week. >> in addition to the fiscal cliff, investors have their eye on the jobs market. the latest unemployment report from the government is expected to be released friday.
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accused of plotting to blow up u.s. bases in afghanistan pleaded not guilty. prosecutors say they planned for almost a year to fly to afghanistan to join al qaeda and the taliban. the california men were arrested last month, days before investigators say they were to board a plane bound for istanbul and on to afghanistan. the fbi arrested their alleged ring leader in afghanistan, brought him back to the u.s. he has not faced a grand jury or been indicted. >>> let the countdown continue. 26 days until the fiscal cliff. the focus has been on taxes but that's only half of what this is all about. the other ways you could be affect, coming up. to test the 2.0-liter turbo engine. [ engine revs ] ♪ [ derek ] 272 horsepower. the lightest in its class. the cadillac ats outmatches the bmw 3 series. i cannot believe i have ended the day not scraping some red paint off on these barriers. ♪ [ male announcer ] the all-new cadillac ats. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've go
have marginal movement, the cac up 4.2%. the ftse 100 up above .23%. >> u.s. equity futures at this hour -- whoa. hold it. >> what are you looking at? u.s. equity futures. >> it's okay on. didn't we already do this? >> i don't care. i really don't. the new prompter is giving you fits. and yesterday, it ended with a -- did you see that one yesterday? a word ended with a n and the next one i introduced the like like t. boone pickens or something like that. >> we have a new teleprompter and it adds words. >> that's special. >> and people that, you know, that's where we get all of our info, right out of that baby there. anyway, futures are up 14 points. 13114 is where we are right now. i don't know. fiscal cliff is three days away and we're still above 13,000. that's what we're talking about. you would think if the growth was going to flow based on us going over the cliff, you would think oil would start to weaken. we haven't seen that much in that respect, either. as far as the ten year, stable at 98 of 6719. finally, gold -- i don't know. bernanke is on full 85 billion a month
might have tracked him down still at work. >>> and she's out. murder charges dropped against the u.s. open tennis referee accused of killing her husband with a coffee mug. and while she's walking free, authorities say the case against her still isn't closed. today is saturday, december 1st, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and erica hill, live from studio >> did i just say december 1st already? >> i don't know how that happened. >> welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm erica hill. there is a little bit of a break for folks this morning, but it's not going to last. millions of residents along the west coast will get hit hard later today when a new storm stretching from central california up to washington state pounds the region. already the stormy weather there in recent days has turned deadly. we'll get dylan's forecast in just a minute. >>> also ahead, the president hitting the road trying to do an end around past congress. he's pushing his proposal to stall the dispute over the fiscal cliff. will his newest campaign of taking
, brian. they were some of the most popular presidents in u.s. history and all elected to a second term. but it couldn't save them from the dreaded second term curse. it dated back to 1936 when president roosevelt won 46 out of 48 states. he used those results in an attempt to shake up the supreme court and that tarnished his reputation. fast forward to 1984. president reagan's economic recovery turned 49 of the 50 states red. the inran contraservice surface americans didn't like being kept in the dark . then the scandal impossible to forget. >> i want you to listen to me. i will say it again. i did not have sexual relations with that woman: >> gretchen: nick is a presidential historian and author of the book presidential leadership. decisions that changed the nation and he's my guest this morning. >> morning, gretchen. >> gretchen: looking back in history president obama is now reelected to the second term. what do we suspect about the curse. >> it is an interesting topic it is difficult . going all the way back to wilson and league of nation . fdr and truman got run out of office . th
rescue of an american doctor who was abducted by the taliban in afghanistan. u.s. and afghan forces working together in the pre-dawn raid launching the critical mission as soon as intelligence showed the doctor was in grave danger. peter doocy reporting from washington. >> taliban insurgents held the doctor captive in the mountains of afghanistan 50 miles from the pakistan border for more than three days. dr. joseph was kidnapped in broad day on wednesday 3:00 in the afternoon following a visit to rural clinic in eastern kabul province where he worked for a nonprofit called morning star development. two other captives were also taken before the rescue which general john allen says he ordered when intelligence showed dr. joseph was in imminent danger of injury or death. it shows our unwavering commitment to defeat the taliban. i'm proud the forces that conducted this operation. thanks to them dr. joseph will soon be rejoining his family and loved ones. he should be back home in colorado springs in the next few days. he was taken to bagram airfield and undergoing evaluation today. he
problems with an engine. the u.s. and south korea are condemning the north's second launch attempt this year. an earlier one failed in april. the u.s. and south korea say the launch is a cover for ballistic missile testing. >>> barriers are going up outside the presidential palace in egypt as the nation moves closer to saturday's planned constitutional referendum. the palace has been the site of clashes between those for and against president mohamed morsi after he gave himself unchecked powers last month. the opposition is calling for new nationwide protests ahead of the vote. >>> and the nobel peace prize has been given to the european union. the three presidents of the eu's main bodies accepted the prestigious award this morning at a ceremony in oslo, norway, but this year's choice was not without controversy. three former nobel laureates wrote a letter of protest saying the union doesn't qualify as a peace maker. >>> for the second time in two weekds, an nfl team overcomes the death of a teammate with a victory on the field. this time it was the dallas cowboys. on the sidelines
of an american doctor who was abducted by the taliban in afghanistan. u.s. and afghan forces working together in the pre-dawn raid launching the critical mission as soon as intelligence showed the doctor was in grave danger. peter doocy reporting fm washington. >> taliban insurgents held the doctor captive in the mountains of afghanistan 50 miles from the pakistan border for more than three days. dr. joseph was kidnapped in broad day on wednesday 3:00 in the afternoon following a visit to rural clinic in eastern kabul province where he worked for a nonprofit called morning star development. two other captives were also taken before the rescue which general john allen says he ordered when intelligence showed dr. joseph was in imminent danger of injury or death. it shows our unwavering commitment to defeat the taliban. i'm proud the forces that conducted this operation. thanks to them dr. joseph will soon be rejoining his family and loved ones. he should be back home in colorado springs in the next few days. he was taken to bagram airfield and undergoing evaluation today. he made frequent trips
's palace. we'll have a live report from cairo. but, first, u.s. military plans about possible action against syria are changing. senior pentagon officials tell cnn the syrian government could be escalating the civil war. there are new concerns the assad regime is preparing to use chemical weapons. let's get to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, how does this change the u.s. military's syria plan? are we talking u.s. troops, boots on the ground? >> well, not at this point, clearly, deb. but what we do know is that u.s. officials tell us that they are updating some of the military options for action against syria's chemical weapons capability, why are they doing this? of course, we chatted about this in the last several days. officials say they do have the intelligence now that syria has filled aerial bombs with deadly sarin gas. haven't moved it to airplanes yet, but this is very concerning because that, of course, would be the next step. so once you have the deadly bombs, the u.s. has to look at what the options could be, what they might want to target to essentially
attacks at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> and it's important to remember what susan said was based on the information that had been given to every senior official in our administration, and she made very clear in her appearances that the information was subject to change as more facts were gathered and analyzed by the intelligence community. and look, as is often the case, our understanding evolved over time. and we've done our best to keep the american people and the congress informed. that was her goal, that was her mission and she should not be criticized for doing exactly that. >> that, of course, comes in direct conflict with what general david petraeus, the director of the cia, told the committee in the senate where he said they knew immediately after the attack, the next day, that it was, in fact, an attack launched by al qaeda. now, speaking to reporters in ireland on one of her last trips as secretary of state, hillary laughed off questions about a potential presidential run in 2016, saying she's just too busy with her current job to think long term. >> i'm right now too f
into play at the moment as we wait for the u.s. session. we did have a good piece of news, though, out of china. the new leadership saying wle do whatever it takes to maintain solid economic growth. the shanghai composite up nearly 3% today. that boosted retail stocks. we also had a spanish bond auction, prefunding for 2013. got nearly the 4.5 billion they wanted. yields in spain. the ten-year did come lower on that auction, so not a bad result. and bid to cover was okay. so spanish yields slightly higher after that. didn't raise the maximum amount. that's where we stand. it's another cautious day under way in europe. back to you guys. >> might get my haircut like hers, ross. you know, that anna wintour. that bizarre -- do you think you can manage it? >> a page boy. >> you think you carry that one? >> you'd look awful. >> you know what? we're going to do it. >> you're asking these guys to put me -- >> you'd look good in that one from "dumb & dumber." >> yeah. i make that sound. the most annoying -- you want me to do that? >> no, we don't. >> morgan stanley is trying to bolster lending.
information from that u.s. drone they say they captured. the information that the iranians say now proves that the u.s. was spying on iran's military sites and its oil terminals. the u.s. has been trying to block iran's oil exports as part of an effort to get iran to give up it's nuke program, but as for the drone, a defense official says no u.s. navy drone is missing. >>> we're about to take you live to cairo. that is where riot police are bracing now for another night of violent street fighting, tear gas all over the city today. this week crowds of egyptians have now stormed the presidential palace, breaking through fences, fighting with security forces, trying to keep them back. now, the protesters, they are furious about several things. first of all, all concerning president mohammed morsi and this growing perception that he is making himself too powerful. cnn's reza sayah is in cairo. >> opposition factions back protesting against mohammed morrissey for nearly two weeks. most of the protests have been limited to tahrir square, but they're now going to the source of their anger, presi
then ran for the u.s. senate as an independent but lost. now to this. ♪ >> south korean singing sensation psy gears up for a huge performance this weekend. there are no revelations about anti-american -- this anti-american rap song they did a few years back. the song "dear american" includes lyrics like kill those blanking yankees who have been torturing iraqi captives, kill their mothers, daughters, mothers-in-law, fathers. psy has since apologized saying the 2004 rap was protesting the killing of a south korean hostage by iraqi insurgents. but psy will still perform at the christmas in washington concert this weekend where president obama and the first family will be looking on. and senator stevphen colbert? south carolina governor nikki haley says that ain't happening. the palmetto state resident said he'd like to replace the outgoing representative. he explained why he'd be a great senator. the governor was not moved. her season? what she called stephen colbert's, quote, big, big mistake. >> what's the state drink? >> there's a state drink? >> it's milk. i didn't realize my state was
by the new york times says that because tax rates are lower now than under president reagan, the u.s. can afford to raise taxes and our next guest says not so fast. are they missing the overall point? joining us is james freeman with the editorial board. nice to see you. >> good to be here. >> do you take the new york times at its word here on the research about the tax burden, during the reagan years, we have some graphics to show us some different family incomes here on the upper echelon. homes making $350,000 a year and now they're paying about 42% of income compared with 49% back in 1980? so they're saving money and that goes on all of the tax brackets, middle class and lower class, do you agree with that or do you think the new york times is missing the overall point here. >> as far as the numbers analysis, there's a lot of examination of that over the next few days, for the moment let's accept that everything they've said is true. the real point is the context here because what ronald reagan did was start a worldwide movement toward lower tax rates and growth followed. a lot of peop
do. >> depositions rising in syria as the u.s. confirms its stance on political transition there. >> the united states stands with the syrian people in insirsing that any transition process result in a unified, democratic syria in which all citizens are represented. sunni any allawi, christians, kurds, druce, women, every syrian must be included in this process for a new and better future and a future of this kind cannot possibly include assad. >> is just who is president bashar assad and how big of a threat is he to the world? here to weigh in senior fellow defense studdies lt. colonel tony shaffer. set up for the audience who is bashar assad? >> bashar assad is the former president of the syria took over in 1971. and ruled frank whether i an iron fist assad took over in. there was hope that there would be reforms and much like other dictators who come in. it's double down and continue the same policies and trends as his former -- the person he replaced. we saw this in north korea and we are seeing it again. >> talk about the latest news. there are reports that assad has weapons
expectations. the u.s. economy added some 146,000 jobs last month. that was enough it to drive the unemployment rate down to 7.7%. joining me to talk about all of it, florida congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz and she chairs the democratic national committee. good friday afternoon to you. >> thank you. >> john boehner said today that democrats' plan is to, quote, slow walk our economy to the edge of the fiscal cliff. how do you respond it to that? >> well, that's just utterly preposterous. the republicans right now in the house of representatives have a bill that would extend the middle class tax cuts right away that has passed the senate that they could take up next week when we come back. they could have already taken it up. we have a lot of time, and the republicans refuse to give certainty to the middle class. the president said he'd seen this bill right away, and then the rest of the issues we need to sort out we can hash out over the next few weeks before we reach december 31st. >> issues like entitlement reform? >> well, issues like making sure we can pass a balanced approach to defi
gas and what could that mean for u.s. military involvement. nbc news is reporting that syria's military has loaded the component chemicals for the deadly nerve gas sarin into aerial bombs that could be dropped from fighter jets. cnn reported on monday that syrian forces started combining chemicals that could be used to make sarin gas for weapons. mohammed jamjoom is in beirut. he's got more on the story for us this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. this latest report only increasing concerns about the intentions of the syrian regime when it comes to their chemical weapon stockpile. now, why are there so many concerns? not just because people are worried what bashar al assad might do with these chemical weapon stockpiles, as there have been for months, but more as rebels are advancing on damascus and the battling are getting more heated and pitched around the capital, there are concerns that if damascus were to fall, what would happen to chemical weapon stockpiles? could they get into the hands of groups that are fighting with syrian rebels? a big conc
the treaty would promote equal rights and better treatment for the disabled. inspired by u.s. law, the americans with s s with disabi. >> i come to the floor with a bit of a heavy heart. all right like john, john kerry and john mccain are combat veterans who aspired to the white house. dole's own party failed him. five republican votes short of the 66 needed. conservatives say countries like china with a poor human human rights record would get a pass. >> what it does do is allow their leaders to falsely present themselves as forward leaning on disabled rights. >> no. >> reporter: and for some no votes, politics. the risk of a gop primary challenge got in the way. >> to vote for anything that is even perceived to be granting the u.n. power is a dangerous game for republican senator. because the urn is so unpopular among the republican base, they could be asking for a challenge for fr their ideological right come 2014. >> and that was kelly o'donnell reporting. >>> now to the pre-nomination fight over the next secretary of state. the president says he has not made a decision yet,
headline out of syria. >> new concerns as the u.s. may have to intervene in the bloody civil war in that country. this morning, we're learning that syrian dictator, bashar al assad's forces have done in recent days that's alarmed u.s. officials and prompted a stern warning from president obama. and abc's martha raddatz is here with the details this morning. good morning, martha. >> reporter: good morning, josh. this morning, a u.s. official is confirming that over the weekend, the syrian military loaded elements of the deadly nerve gas, sarin, on to bombs on or near syrian airfields. there's 40 chemical weapons sites like this one. one drop of sarin can kill you within minutes. the theory is that the sarin bombs could be put on syrian warplanes to use against the opposition forces. there's no way to know for certain if that was the plan. but president obama was so concerned, he issued that strong warning on monday. and since then, there has been no activity at those airfields. and the syrian government insists it will not use chemical weapons. but that does not mean this threat h
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tank and in the u.s. senate he is one of hundred voices and over there he will be taking over the guy. >> gretchen: money is number one. $174,000 as a senator and may not be the insentative and make over a million bucks and he said it was an honor to be asked. if could be frustration, too. look, he believed that could you wantry is facing a spending problem, okay. that's what he believes is the problem . maybe he's frustrated with the fact that the only message that the american people are hearing is that it is a tax increase problem. >> steve: indeed, who would take his place. the governor down there nicky haley will appoint somebody. successor could be one of two tea party congressman part of the 20 10. tim scott or mike mullbanny and a wild card is mark stanford former governor could take that job if offered and it will be interesting. >> brian: interesting come back. >> steve: that will be a wild card. >> brian: congressman tim scott is an upand coming star . jimdemint's personal pick. >> steve: jay carny. the fiscal cliff thing. the average person really has no idea what that sta
-800-medicare. >>. >> gregg: the u.s. army private accused of sending private documents to wikileaks appearing in a courtroom, focusing on bradley manning's pretrial confinement and defense team is conditions over that period were so punishing the case against him should be entirely dismissed. joining us now bob massi and lis wiehl. let me start with you. manning doesn't like to be locked up and cried one day. i'll quote, when the guards seem angry and made me nervous. so lis, on that basis he should be let go? >> no, absolutely not. >> gregg: if that was a legal standard, all prison cells would be empty? >> now he is complaining to his lawyers action that was done to him after he committed the crime. he allegedly committed this huge crime. all these leaks. now he is saying, gee, feel sorry for me. maybe at sentencing but nothing do with the charges at all. >> gregg: here is what he said at his hearing sitting in his cell right after he was arrested. this is the principle parted. i remember thinking i'm going die. i'm stuck here in this cage and i don't know what is going to happen. i thought
taste this soup. >>> welcome back. u.s. stock futures are flat this morning after climbing higher yesterday but gains were limited because of fiscal cliff concerns. >> we'll be hearing that until it's fixed. the november jobs report is released at 8:30 a.m. eastern today. economists forecast 8% unemployment, ticking up from 7.9% in october. 77,000 jobs added which is a lot slower growth than was anticipated. you have to go back to the summer to see growth that small. it's likely that superstorm sandy skewed the numbers, perhaps dramatically. economists at deutsche bank expect only 25,000 jobs added after they studied the hurricane effe effects on jobs. it was difficult for the labor department to collect data during and after that storm. in today's report, we'll watch four sectors hardest hit by the storm, manufacturing, retail, leisure and hospitality and temporary help industries. mark sandy said aside from the storm the job market turned in a good performance for the month. this simpreis impressive given uncertainty created by the presidential election and the fast-approaching
the start of settlements in any area israel decides. >>> to afghanistan now where an attack on a joint u.s. afghan base has left five people dead and at least 18 others wounded. no reports yet of any casualties on the u.s. side, which happened near the jalal bad air force in eastern afghanistan. the journalist ben farmer. ben, good morning. the taliban is claiming responsibility for this attack. can you tell us how this happened? >> well, it was an attack that happened around 6:00 this morning. there seems to be a very coordinated, quite complex attack. it began with two suicide car bombs at the jalalabad airfields. these attackers were armed with -- some of them were -- now, as they tried to get in, there was a two-hour firefight. the defenders of the base fought for two hours to keep them out. during that time helicopters on the airfield scrambled, took part m battle. they fired down on the militants. it was all over at about 8:00, 8:30. nato said that none of the militants managed to get inside the base. we understand there were nine that were all killed during the battle. also killed w
's 23 brigades are able to operate independently without the aid of u.s. support. the taliban remains determined and resilient. >>> as always, let me know why you're awake. shoot me an e-mail at way too early@msnbc.com or text me to awake followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses. still ahead of "way too early," new england. new daddy of a baby girl mr. tom bade brady dismantles the houston texans on "monday night football." in case you just missed this one. you might be asked to remove the wildlife. yes, the fan is holding a raccoon. we'll explain what's going on there and get a check of your weather when way too early comes right back. >>> federal authorities say stock market tycoon has confessed to mavis scam that bilked at least $50 million from investors. [ male announcer ] this is bob, a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] f
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